On Sunday Worship Weaver Cathy Finn-Dereki opened the service with words that seemed well worth sharing. Perhaps we should post these somewhere each December. (Maybe at Easter-time, too.)
Are you new to the Unitarian Universalist faith? Visits to our service in December may make newcomers scratch their heads. There may be music from the Christian tradition. There may be Christmas tree and a Christmas pageant. There may be symbols, candles and rituals of the other holidays of light that mark this season of shorter days and longer nights: Chanukah, Dewali, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice. At this time of year, our services can look like they appropriate other traditions in a sort of feel-good, politically correct, and at times, simplistic way. The truth is, this UU faith, arising from the unity of two Christian denominations, is in its infancy. We are as young as Christianity was at the time when the first known New Testament gospels were penned. We are still building together own path to a lasting truth with which our ancestors, in all of their more recognizable traditions, expressed an understanding of life and death, the meaning of creation, the and humanity’s role in it. Coming into the UU religion at this early time is a courageous leap of faith. With the guidance of our ancestors in every tradition, we invite all to join in building a tradition that breathes, changes, and grows, that our children can take with them and make their own, a faith as enduring as the human spirit.
So . . . what are your thoughts about Unitarian Universalism as blazing a new trail? What seems most important about this season to you?